National Parks Conservation Association Statement
on Yellowstone Protection Act
- March 6 - The following is a statement by Tom Kiernan, president
of the National Parks Conservation Association, on the Yellowstone
Yellowstone Protection Act introduced today by representatives
Rush Holt and Christopher Shays and senators Lincoln Chafee and
Harry Reid would save Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks
from the threats looming over them as a result of the Bush administration's
decision to increase snowmobile use in both parks. By phasing
out snowmobiles use there, the law backs the viewpoint expressed
by the American people and protects the parks.
the Bush administration, by imposing snowmobiles on the parks,
is ignoring not only common sense methods for protecting the parks
but also the administration's own studies and the expressed will
of the American people.
Park Service and Environmental Protection Agency studies confirmed
that eliminating snowmobile use in the parks would best protect
park wildlife, visitors, and staff. During the public comment
period on snowmobile use in the parks, the American people last
year flooded the Park Service with a record 350,000 comments,
80 percent them supporting the phase out. The Bush administration
is ignoring the will of the people and the results of its own
studies at the behest of its corporate supports in the snowmobile
of tax dollars spent on forcing snowmobiles on these parks could
be better spent implementing the original Park Service snowcoach
plan that would have protected Yellowstone and Grant Teton's wildlife,
air, visitors, and employees and provided environmentally friendly
access for all. Senators Reid and Chafee and representatives Holt
and Shays, by introducing the Yellowstone Protection Act, have
produced a common-sense law that offers the parks the best safeguards
and preserves the congressional legacy of protecting national
parks for all Americans.
Parks for Future Generations(r) Founded in 1919, the National
Parks Conservation Association is America's only private, nonprofit
advocacy organization dedicated solely to protecting, preserving,
and enhancing the National Park System. Today, NPCA has more than
300,000 members. A library of national park information, including
fact sheets, congressional testimony, position statements, and
press releases, can be found on NPCA's Web site at www.eparks.org/media_center.
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